Beyond reducing the number of new goods produced, consumed and discarded, repairing the things we own is a powerful way to understand the impacts of consumer culture directly and intuitively. In spite of a 50-year decline of repair in the United States, the practice is more relevant now than ever.
Portland Repair Finder is a website that documents repair work and connects repairers, with goals of reducing logistical barriers and exploring the role of repair as a relevant, valuable, community-centered practice. It hosts a directory of repair resources, and stories about repair work of all kinds.
This thesis project examines how people make decisions to repair possessions or replace them, and explores what resources might make more repairs feasible for more people. This research informs the content on portlandrepairfinder.com.